Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil


  • Product: Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil
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  • Initial Review: 3/11/2016
  • Price: 16.00 USD
  • Reason for Purchase: When I went home for spring break, I forgot my Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser as I mentioned in the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser. Because of this, I had to buy a cleaner for day and night. I decided to go on a Burt’s Bees spree and bought this oil for the morning. I wanted to go with an oil for moisturizing, especially in the morning to set the tone for the rest of the day. So I went to CVS and picked this up for my time at home.
Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil
Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil


According to Burt’s Bees, this is going to be “A natural superfood for my face”. With Argan and Coconut oils, I am expecting this to be extremely hydrating. They also mention that Coconut Oil is very rich in Vitamin E, which is very true. Topically, it is great for healing and soothing irritations. On the ingredient list, they mention tocopherol as one of the ingredients. Tocopherol is a type of Vitamin E, and so this face wash should not only cleanse, but heal my face while doing so.

List of ingredients and their purposes:

Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil): Argan Oil is an extremely popular oil in the cosmetic industry. It has 5 acids that promote softness, hydration, and brilliance:

  • Oleic – an emollient (moisturizer) and emulsifying agent
  • Linoleic – a surfactant (cleansing) agent
  • Palmitic – used as a release agent in cosmetics
  • Stearic – the esters in the acid act as lubricants
  • Linolenic – gives moisturizing properties and anti-itch properties

These acids make for an rich and hydrating oil that gives the best of everything. It helps acne, skin dehydration, and can potentially heal skin.

Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera): Coconut oil has properties similar to Argan Oil. But it also has a high amount of Tocopherol or Vitamin E. Vitamin E is the skin healer and moisturizer. It is very oily though and can potentially get all over things. So make sure that you are practicing fabric safety when using this (don’t get it on your sleeves while washing).

Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil: The Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil is a source of Omega 9, Non-Essential Fatty Acids. That being said, Omega 9 is a booster of lipids in the skin that promote elasticity and fortify the skin against the elements. It also helps retain moisture in the skin longer. (Source – Crambe Abyssinica) (Source – Omega 9)

Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus annuus): the sunflower seed oil is an excellent emollient and also acts as a skin healer due to the large amount of Vitamin E.

Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis): Upon researching this ingredient, it appears that the rosemary leaf extract is meant to be a fragrance component and can also function as an antioxidant. There wasn’t much on what kind of antioxidants are in it, but that for the most part it is meant to make skincare recipes smell good. (Source)


Initially when I bought this I assumed that I was going to deal with an oil that stuck to my face and that would take some hot water and plenty of rubbing to get off. Actually, the oil does foam as you rub it away. The foaming is light and that soft, oil feeling is only temporary. It absorbs really well into the skin. I am able to put it on and rinse it off without any sticky residue or getting oil all over my counter tops. I let my friend try this and she was surprised at how it just foamed off and left her hands soft (I told her it was for her face but whatever).

Cleansing: The Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil was actually very helpful in the morning. I was able to feel very hydrated and it feels luxurious–like taking an oil bath to the face. My skin feels very nice and moisturized. I feel clean and not at all “oily” like I thought I would.

Moisture/Hydration: The Cleansing Oil does make me feel hydrated. It lasts a while and does not make me feel oily (like a dank, gross oily). I do feel fresh and clean while being hydrated, which is huge. Compared to the ultra-moisturizing hydration of Jurlique’s Soothing Foaming Cleanser on a scale of 1 to 10, it scored a 7.5/8 to Jurlique’s 9.

Healing: Because of the high level of Vitamin E, I expected this to heal as it cleansed. I can’t contribute any healing to it as my skin was being taken care of by Naturopathica’s Argan &  Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream. But it did not do any visible damage or promote acne. So that really helped.

Acne: One of the main concerns that those with chronic acne or even just light flareups fear is that oil will cause even more flareups. That was not the case for me with this oil. I know for a fact that the more you use cleansing oils that do not leak into pores, the better. So if you do fear oil, this oil has yet to cause any problems.


Overall, I enjoy using this product. I have a bit to go with it since I just bought the bottle a week and a half ago. But so far I have not experienced acne flareups and it works almost as well as the Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser. But when I moisturize in the morning, it doesn’t really matter because I take care of my skin beyond just the cleanser.

If you are searching for a light cleanser that will keep you hydrated and you do not want to pay $30 for any other cleansers of similar value, Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil is for you. Just be sure to keep up your moisturizing routine even when you are using cleansing oils as they do not always functions as long-wear humectants.

All Ingredients

caprylic/capric triglyceride, crambe abyssinica seed oil, isoamyl laurate, polyglyceryl-2 sesquioleate, fragrance, polyglyceryl-2 caprate, argania spinosa kernel oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol
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